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It’s Pi(e) Day, Any Way You Slice It

Today is the one day of the year when bakers, mathematicians and dessert fiends can all gather together for one homonymous celebration: pi day. That’s right, today, 3/14, is a chance to nod in thanks to 3.14159265358979323846264… with a good old slice of actual, scrumptious, fruit (or cream or chocolatey or meringue-topped) pie. So in celebration of the crust-encased favorite, we wonder: what’s your favorite kind of pie?

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Sifted: Thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah Planning

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Merry Thought's Pecan Cheesecake Pie

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  1.  Merry Thought’s pecan cheesecake pie is a beautiful cross between two glorious holiday desserts.
  2. Forget mini pies, make Chocolate and Carrots’ bite-sized pumpkin pies or “croutons” instead.
  3. What Jew Wanna Eat drizzles bourbon cranberry sauce over coffee braised brisket for the ultimate holiday main.
  4. Brussels sprouts latkes by Kitchen Tested will please everyone at this year’s extra special Thanksgivukkah celebration.
  5. Save some room between those creamy mashed potatoes and gravy-doused turkey leg for Domesticate Me’s kale salad with quinoa and cranberries.  Festive and flavorful, it’ll make you forget the fact that it’s healthy.

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Our Top 3.14 Pie Recipes to Celebrate Pi Day

In case you forgot to mark your calendars, today is Pi Day, a day to celebrate mathematics! Or if you’re like me, it’s a day to celebrate pie! I don’t care if it’s fruit-filled, crumble-topped or served a la mode, if it’s wrapped in a tender, flaky pastry crust then I’m a fan.

Sometimes I ask myself, “Do I really need another excuse to eat more pie?” (No). But while pi is certainly irrational, we think eating some pie today is very rational (nerd joke).

Since Thanksgiving is long gone, this holiday calls for a resurgence of pie-making. So grab your rolling pin, assemble your buttery crusts and roll out some new pie recipes.

Here are our top 3.14 pie recipes that will make Thanksgiving jealous:

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Trends Across the Country: Pie

Key Lime Pie

To celebrate this year of the Olympics and a presidential election, Cooking Channel asked fans what dishes represent their states and then worked with our kitchens to create original recipes for each of the 50 states. (Read all about the project here.) Each state has its own unique food scene, but we couldn’t help but notice some trends across the map from coast to coast.

When I first heard Cooking Channel planned to tackle the best state food recipes, I immediately started campaigning for the dish I thought most represented my home state of Florida: key lime pie (pictured above). I distinctly remember thinking, “Florida’s dish better be key lime pie,” (I even threatened as much on my Facebook page.) and not just because I think it’s pretty darn tasty, but because as a Key West native, to me, there was no other option.

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Sifted: Yellow Cake Pie, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and Patriotic Salad

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse by Foodie Crush

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  1. Are you team cake or team pie? Filled with chocolate mousse and topped with whipped cream, Foodie Crush’s inventive yellow cake pie doesn’t make you decide.
  2. We love Grilled Cheese Social’s latest sandwich sensation: Broccoli, bacon, and ale cheddar cheese pressed between buttery focaccia.
  3. Make your pancakes extra special this weekend with Number 2 Pencil’s sour cream cinnamon roll pancakes. With a buttery cinnamon sugar swirl and a rich maple coffee glaze, this recipe is a winner.
  4. Confessions of a Bright Eyed Baker had trouble sharing these ice cream cupcake peanut butter cups. With these dreamy chocolate treats, who wouldn’t?
  5. How do you make potato salad patriotic? Chez Us uses purple and red potatoes. Okay– it may not be the classic red, white and blue, but the bright colors and the vibrant flavors, make this a perfect side for next week’s celebration.

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Cookbook Giveaway: Cutie Pies

Cutie Pies

Key Lime Pie is a year-round fave – make them bite-sized with a mini-muffin pan.

Cutie Pies CookbookMini pies are the cupcakes of the pie world, and they’re surprisingly easy to make – you can just use a muffin pan! In Cutie Pies by Dani Cone, owner of High 5 Pie in Seattle, the secret to perfect homemade mini pies is revealed with 40 sweet and savory recipes. And the best part is, you can mix and match crust types and pie shapes, making: “cutie pies” baked in muffin pans; “petit-5s” baked in mini-muffin pans; “piejars” baked in half-pint mason jars; “flipsides” which are like hand-held turnovers; “piepops” which is pie on a stick or, go traditional and make these recipes into full-size pies.

This cookbook will have you baking pies, pies and more pies, through all seasons and for any occasion. But, of course, it’s most useful with Thanksgiving and holiday office parties right around the corner – cute little mini pies are easy to transport and serve (no slicing required). Plus, savory offerings like Mac’n’Cheese Cutie Pies and Salmon, Cream Cheese and Dill Peti-5s would make wonderful, creative Thanksgiving and holiday appetizers – a host’s secret for keeping guests munching and mingling happily.

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New Show on Cooking Channel: Unique Sweets

Crack Pie from Milk Bar

Imagine a show that’s devoted entirely to the sweeter side of food. Cinnamon rolls, birthday cake, pie in a jar… whatever you crave. Enter Unique Sweets, a show that’s on mission to find the most creative ways to get your sugar fix across the country.

Unique Sweets, the desserts-only spin-off of Cooking Channel’s popular show Unique Eats, premieres Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 p.m. ET. To tempt your sweet tooth while you wait for the premiere, here’s a preview of one of the treats featured in the premiere episode: Crack Pie.

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Craving: More Pie!

Shaker Meyer Lemon Pie

Some say this is the year of the pie. While I’m all for the advancement of my all-time favorite dessert (yes, I love it more than all things chocolate), I’m with Brooklyn’s Baked bakery co-owner Matt Lewis, who summed it up like this: Let’s talk about pie less and eat it more.

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Food Network Kitchens: Top Food Trends for 2011

Kelsey's Banana Caramel Cream Pie

The Food Network’s Kitchens offer for your perusal eleven trends that will define the coming year in food. Check out five of the trends here, then visit Food Network’s Dish for the rest of the list.

And if reading about these trends makes you hungry, you’re in luck. This year they’ve distilled (or rather mashed up) the predictions into two emblematic recipes, thus giving you an opportunity unique among year-end forecasts: the chance to eat the predictions! Check back tomorrow for the recipes. If they’re any indication, the year 2011 is going to be a delicious one. Bon appétit!

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Pix Potluck: A Beautiful Apple Pie

'Tis the season ... for apple pie.

Got your desserts all planned for Thursday? At this point in the game, we hope you’ve at least narrowed down the options.

Amy Uhl Ortega posted this photo of her beautiful apple pie to our Facebook page, and we couldn’t resist sharing. It looks almost too good to eat! Almost.

While she didn’t post the recipe (but maybe we can convince her!), we have a few apple pie recipes of our own that you can fall back on.

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